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F-35 pilot training underway

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Travis Byrom, Lockheed Martin instructor pilot, briefs students in the first F-35 Lightning II training course before the start of class May 5 at Luke Air Force Base. The students are Lt. Col. Sean Holahan, and Maj. Eric Puels, former F-16 Fighting Falcon instructors, Capt. Michael Hobson and Capt. Kyle Babbitt, former…

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Wild Weasels reunite

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS The Wild Weasels gather for a group photo during their reunion May 1 at Luke Air Force Base. The Wild Weasels were formed during the early days of the Vietnam War. Their mission was to seek out and engage surface-to-air missile sites. Luke Air Force Base hosted the 81st Fighter Squadron Wild…

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LRS Airmen undertake unusual engine repair

Courtesy Photo Staff Sgt. Kyle Saunders, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance journeyman, works on a destroyed valve inside the engine of a 2006 Ford Bobtail at Luke Air Force Base. The type of maintenance on this vehicle is considered unique because the cab was lifted off the frame to access the parts requiring repair….

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First female F-35 pilot begins training

Courtesy photo Lt. Col. Christine Mau, the 33rd Operations Group deputy commander, puts on her helmet before taking her first flight in the F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter May 5 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Mau, who previously flew F-15E Strike Eagles, made history as the first female F-35 pilot in the program….

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May: Asthma Awareness Month – Controlling symptoms important to quality of life

World Asthma Day was May 5. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, states that Asthma is one of the most common lifelong diseases.


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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  November 16, 2012

Airman 1st Class Britney Carter-Grimes 309th Fighter Squadron Squadron Aviation Resource Manager Hometown: Orlando, Fla. Years in service: One Family: Lavar Grimes, husband Education: Associate in criminal justice at Santa Fe College, pursued a bachelor’s in criminology at University of Florida Previous assignments: Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Inspirations: My younger siblings inspire me to…

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Local Briefs – November 16, 2012

Posted  November 16, 2012

No Thunderbolt next week The Thunderbolt will not be published Nov. 23. Look for the next edition Nov. 30. For more information, call (623) 856-5998. Finance office closed The 56th Comptroller Squadron office will be closed Wednesday for Wingman Day. This includes the customer service office. If there is an emergency, or for more information,…

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Gate schedules change to fit new culture

Posted  November 16, 2012

Service members throughout the Defense Department and the U.S. Air Force are experiencing extraordinary financial and manpower constraints – often both. As a result, the Air Education and Training Command has adopted the cost-conscious culture initiative, or C3, to adapt to today’s changing operational environment and shrinking budgets. In addition, units throughout the Air Force…

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Facial hair tradition in military goes way back

Posted  November 16, 2012

There has always been a long-standing tradition of facial hair in the military. Over the centuries this tradition has evolved depending on the style and demand of the times. The Civil War saw some of the great military commanders sporting full beards that would put ZZ Top to shame. This trend most likely would have…

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A mentoring moment: What’s your motivation?

Posted  November 16, 2012

What gets and keeps you going? Another way to ask this question is what motivates you? I firmly believe that when we know why we do something, we can use that as a compass to accomplish more. Knowing what motivates us will help us achieve our goals, both personal and professional. Growing up, many of…

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AF leaders brief BMT sexual misconduct investigation findings

Posted  November 16, 2012

WASHINGTON — Air Force leaders announced Wednesday to members of the press the results of the commander-directed investigation regarding the occurrences of sexual misconduct within basic military training between October 2010 and June 2011. The CDI was commissioned by Gen. Edward Rice, Air Education and Training Command commander, June 20 based on substantiated reports of misconduct…

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Top DOD enlisted visits Luke

Posted  November 16, 2012

Marine Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addressed a packed house of Airmen and Sailors during an enlisted call at Luke Air Force Base Tuesday. As the SEAC, Battaglia serves as the principal military advisor to the chairman and the secretary of defense on all…

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Sports Shorts – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

Hand-2-hand combat John Biel, Marine Corps Bulk Fuel Company C and Daniel Rakowski, 56th Contracting Squadron, demonstrate Wednesday a technique used to help gain the upper hand when an opponent is on top during combat. The month-long Marine Corps Martial Arts Program combative course began Monday and participants will graduate Dec. 21 with a green…

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Problem gambling, addiction disrupts life

Posted  November 30, 2012

Many addictions plague society, and service members are not exempt. Alcoholism, smoking, illegal drug use and pornography often come to mind. With casinos continuing to pop up and online gaming readily available, gambling addiction is a growing problem that adversely affects many lives. Problem gambling is a behavior that causes disruptions in any major area…

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In Brief – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

AETC base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will conduct an active-shooter exercise Wednesday and Thursday. All of Luke Air Force Base personnel, including all civilians and retirees who are on base for appointments/shopping, will play in this exercise. This will include being unable to leave the base and hunkering down under tables for up to…

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